If you’ve been keeping up with the ‘make money from home writing online’ buzz, then you’re probably wondering how to go about establishing yourself as a creditable writer so that employers will actually want to give you their business.
A key way to do this that I strongly suggest is to invest time and effort into writing your own original articles and then posting them online through various article directories.
What Should You Write About?
One idea is to write a series of about 4-5 400 word articles on one of your favorite topics; something you’re genuinely interested in. Or you might choose to write about a latest fashion trend or a popular diet trend.
Gain Valuable Experience
Keep in mind that employers often ask for writing samples, previous written works and portfolio projects. Having an online database of your own original content can go a long way in impressing potential employers and hiring agencies. It’s also an excellent way to gain experience and sharpen your writing skills.
Focus On Your Long-Term Goals
While you will not receive any instant monetary rewards for posting content on article directories, you will be building up a solid reputation as a seasoned article writer who understands the basics of internet marketing through keyword-rich content.
How to Quickly Write a Stellar Article
Start with an outline!
Your outline can be either mental or written down. Depending on the topic of your article, you will want to start off by asking yourself a few key questions. For example, if your subject is ‘Acne’ you can start off by asking:
“What types of treatment are most effective for treating acne?”
“How can acne scars be treated?”
“Are there any natural ways to treat acne?”
… and so on and so forth.
If you’ve been given a specific title, write it down in your outline.
For the introduction, do an internet search and find information that will help you briefly describe what acne is. This first paragraph can contain around 50 words.
Then list each question. Do more internet searches using the words in your questions. The answers to these questions will be your paragraphs. The paragraphs in the body of your online article can be around 100 words each, give or take.
Make sure that each paragraph flows smoothly into the next. Remember not to copy from your sources word by word. The idea is to just summarize key points and main ideas, then put the information in your own words.
Your conclusion can be an encouraging call to action or even a brief review of the article. Read your article over several times and correct any errors. Make sure that you have included the necessary keywords and have appropriate keyword density (more on this later).
Articles are generally between 400 and 600 words, although word count can vary greatly depending on what the project calls for. It helps to tailor the style of your writing according to the given topic. For example, use a serious tone when discussing subjects such as medical conditions and financial issues. For other subjects like fashion and food, you can write in a more friendly and humorous tone.
As various employers begin to hire you, you will notice that many will provide specific instructions you must follow. Review and edit each article you write according to these instructions and view each opportunity as a valuable learning experience.